German carmaker Audi announced Monday in a statement that it will take part in the Dakar in 2022, with an electric car, and that it will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while abandoning Formula E.
Something new on the Dakar in 2022! The prestigious German team Audi will indeed be at the start of the event in Saudi Arabia, with an electric vehicle. She announced this Monday via a press release, also specifying that she would leave the Formula E championship, where she has won 12 victories in 69 races since 2014, at the end of the 2021 season (but that she would continue to supplying powertrains to its customers). “The alternative drive concept combines for the first time an electric transmission with a high-voltage battery that can be charged while driving, and a highly efficient energy converter. The rally will spearhead the plant’s commitment to motorsport going forward », Explains the press release, which does not specify who will be the Audi drivers for the Dakar 2022.
“We are taking a new step in the electrification of motorsport by facing the most extreme conditions. The many technical freedoms offered by the Dakar rally provide us with a perfect test laboratory, ”said Audi president Markus Duesmann. In addition to the rally-raid, Audi will also be making a comeback in endurance racing, which it left in 2016, and in particular at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The arrival of hydrogen engines in 2022 prompted him to make this comeback: “We have as much in mind the wishes of our customers as the future strategy of the company, which is clearly focused on electrification and carbon neutral mobility. This is why we are intensely preparing to enter the new category of LMDh sports prototypes (queen endurance category) with its flagship races, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The most important message for our fans is that motorsport will continue to play an important role at Audi. Fans who saw Audi triumph at Le Mans thirteen times between 2000 and 2014.
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